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The true story of how a small sneaker company and a one-of-a-kind basketball player shaped modern sports culture 

This is the true story of how in the 1980s, a then-small shoe company called Nike doggedly pursued a collaboration with Michael Jordan that would result in the culture-defining sneakers known as Air Jordans. At center stage are the legendary basketball player himself, his talented but unconventional team, his steadfast mother, and sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro as they move towards a deal that would shape contemporary sports culture.

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What to know

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck team up to bring AIR to the big screen for Amazon Studios

AIR: Courting a Legend is an American sports-drama produced by Amazon Studios. The film is directed by Ben Affleck (Argo) and written by Alex Convery. Affleck stars in the film alongside his long-time filmmaking partner Matt Damon, with whom he first collaborated to make Good Will Hunting (1997).

Affleck plays Nike founder Phil Knight, and Damon portrays the visionary sports marketing exec Sonny Vaccaro. AIR also stars Viola Davis as Deloris Jordan, Michael’s fiercely protective mother, in addition to Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, and Chris Tucker. Michael Jordan himself does not appear as a character in the film, but remains an overarching presence throughout. AIR marks the first film produced by a streaming company to have a theatrical release with a screening window comparable to, or longer than that of  major film studios.

Production News

13 December 2021

The film, originally called Air Jordan, lands on the legendary Black List 2021 of great scripts that have not yet been produced. Air Jordan is #13 on the list. (Source: Deadline)

19 April 2022

Ben Affleck is confirmed to direct AIR: Courting a Legend. He is also confirmed to star alongside friend Matt Damon. (Source: Deadline)

10 June 2022

Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker and Marlon Wayans join the cast. (Source: Variety)

23 January 2023

 Amazon Studios confirms that AIR will have a full theatrical release comparable to, or longer than the screening windows typical from big production studios. It will also partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon-owned MGM for an international release day. The worldwide release date is set for April 5, 2023. (Source: Deadline)

9 February 2023

The first trailer for AIR: Courting a Legend is released, showing the visionaries behind the sneaker collaboration at work. (Source: YouTube)

13 February 2023

The superbowl spot airs, showing Sonny Vaccaro and Phil Knight working hard to court Michael Jordan for the campaign. (Source: YouTube

5 April 2023

AIR: Courting a Legend premieres in cinemas in the UK. 


Drama, Sport


1h 52min

Age rating



Matt Damon
Sonny Vaccaro
Ben Affleck
Phil Knight
Jason Bateman
Rob Strasser
Viola Davis
Deloris Jordan
Chris Tucker
Howard White
Chris Messina
David Falk
Matthew Maher
Peter Moore
Marlon Wayans
George Raveling
Julius Tennon
James Jordan
Damian Young
Michael Jordan
Jay Mohr
John Fisher
Gustaf Skarsgård
Horst Dassler
Barbara Sukowa
Kathy Dassler
Joel Gretsch
John O'Neil
Asanté Deshon
7-Eleven Clerk
Jessica Green
Katrina Sainz
Tami Jordan
Sports Book Clerk
Ari Davis
Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Dempsey Gibson
Parent (uncredited)
Geoffrey Gould
Workshop Worker (uncredited)
Richard Allan Jones
Nike Staff (uncredited)
Tom Papa
Stu Inman (uncredited)
Michael Jordan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Deloris Jordan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barack Obama
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)